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Will the gt 430 be ok for gaming on a htpc

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January 25, 2012 5:52:19 PM

hey just wondering would a gt 430 be ok for gaming as it is low profile?

system info
motherboard: zotac 9300-k-e
cpu: Core 2 Duo E8300
memory: KVR1333D3N9/4G
psu: PicoPSU-150-XT with 150w brick 12v = 12.5A

Games we play

assassin's creed
need for speed
call of duty
lost planet

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a c 125 U Graphics card
a b V Motherboard
January 25, 2012 6:02:28 PM

Its not a great gaming card to be honest, take a look here:

You might get away with low quality settings.

Also a note in that review they measured maximum power consumption to be 242W, they are using a more power hungry sub-system but I still wouldn't feel to comfortable with the 150W PSU.
January 25, 2012 6:03:59 PM

get a 5670 instead

or 6670

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January 25, 2012 6:04:38 PM

new psu too
January 25, 2012 7:16:10 PM

hey thanks both for the very quick response :) 


i know i feel very uncomfortable at times with the psu, my case is a if this also helps.

As fuggles said would a HD 5450 be any better i have been looking for a Hd 6670 but cant find any in the uk with Low Profile
a c 125 U Graphics card
a b V Motherboard
January 25, 2012 7:24:27 PM

Nice case, beautiful for a HTPC :) 

I've currently got a HD5450 and to be honest its terrible, certainly no better than a GT430.
I can get away with playing games like Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 on low settings at 1280 x 720 and Need for Speed Hot Pursuit on low at 800 x 600, but I only get about 17 FPS

It plays Blu-rays fine though, certainly not intended for today's games.
a c 92 U Graphics card
a b V Motherboard
January 25, 2012 7:30:05 PM

the 6450 is somewhat better than the 5450. but try to get at least a 6570 or 5670.
January 25, 2012 8:24:18 PM

The Case was one of them builds see it, like it, got to have it :) 

that 6570 Looks like it can pack a punch and less power draw

ok i will try and get that Card and i will test it with my 700w test bench psu as that tells me the watts on the back and i will post up the results

my test bench psu if intrested in my test bench test

will get back to you all when i get hold of this card in a week :) 

thank you all :) 
January 26, 2012 9:29:43 PM

hey all just a quick update i found a HD 6670 on ebuyer so i bought that last night should be here next week

it dose say a minimum power supply of 400w but i have seen people using it with a 150w picopsu and A8-3850 the amd chip has a tdp of 100w and my core 2 duo has a tdp of 65w

anyone think it will be safe i understand i am close on power oh one last thing my cpu is -0.10v in the bios just to be safe